I get that it can be confusing when a guy goes forth in guise as a woman. But, it’s never an excuse to call those guys guise!
So you can imagine my own confusion when I read about the “guise who sat around drinking beer…”
And yet another pair of heterographs.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: guise and guy; SpanishDict.com: guise; Free Dictionary: guise|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun and Proper Noun;
Verb, intransitive & transitive
|Plural for guy
Abbreviation; Noun 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and Proper Noun;
Verb, transitive 1, 2
An external form, appearance, or manner of presentation, typically concealing the true nature of something
General external appearance
[Archaic] Manner, mode, or style of dress
[Obsolete] Customary behavior
To act as a mummer in a folk play
International vehicle registration for the country of Guyana
[British] A figure representing Guy Fawkes, burned on a bonfire on Guy Fawkes’ Night, and often displayed by children begging for money for fireworks 2
A rope or line fixed to the ground to secure a tent or other structure 3
A person of either sex, especially a man
A woman’s fiancé, husband, lover, etc. 5
Secure with a line or lines 2
He visited in the guise of a gas inspector.
Telemarketing and selling under the guise of market research.
It was an old concept in a new guise.
He approached me under the guise of friendship.
Greek and Roman gods frequently seduced maidens in the guise of a shepherd.
He wore the guise of a merchant.
François de Lorraine was the second Duc de Guise who lived from 1519–63 and was a French general and statesman as well as Mary de Guise’s brother.
Yeah, yeah, the car had one of those oval stickers with a “GUY” in it.
You guys want some coffee?
We’ll be needing several guys on that evening.
Get those guys fastened down. We’re in for a hell of a storm.
Hey guys, let’s go shoe shopping.
What’d you guys do for Mother’s Day?
Just remember he’s my guy.
Guy Burgess was a British foreign office official and spy who fled to the former Soviet Union in 1951 with Donald Maclean.
Guy de Maupassant was a famous French novelist who died young.
It was set on concrete footings and guyed with steel cable.
They’re guying the containers down right now.
|Noun: disguise, guiser
|History of the Word:|
|Middle English from the Old French and of Germanic origin.||1 Mid-19th century.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves? Also, please note that I try to be as accurate as I can, but mistakes happen or I miss something. Email me if you find errors, so I can fix them…and we’ll all benefit!